Thursday nights in Fruita

Spring Creek, out of Lyons, will play out in Fruita for the Thursday night concerts in the civic center pavilion on June 9.



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Spring Creek, out of Lyons, will play out in Fruita for the Thursday night concerts in the civic center pavilion on June 9.

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Focus on Spring Creek

If you love the sound of strings and harmony, be sure to mark your calendar to see Spring Creek play June 9 at the Thursday night concert series in Fruita.

“The last time we did it, it was great,” said Taylor Sims, the guitar player and one of the vocalists with the band. “We had a great time — a lot of people came out and we sold a lot of CDs. I can’t wait to go back and do it again.”

The band hails from Lyons, but is no stranger to the Western Slope. The band played at the Western Colorado Botanical Gardens in Grand Junction, at the 2010 Palisade Bluegrass and Roots Music Festival and have also played in Paonia, Delta and Crested Butte.

The band will release its fourth CD sometime in June. The band will have earlier releases available for sale.

The four-piece band plays a combination of covers and original songs, with a mixture of bluegrass, newgrass and a few songs that have a rock and roll influence.

“We touch on a lot of different strains in the bluegrass world,” Sims said.

Like traditional bluegrass bands, the band is composed of stringed instruments only, and features tight two- and three-part harmonies.

“We love doing the old school trio harmony,” Sims said. “I love to do it. Good harmony connects with the audience.”

What: Fruita Thursday Night Concert Series
Where: Fruita Civic Center Pavilion
When: June 2-Aug. 11
Ticket prices: Free, no tickets needed

June 2
XXX (Tres Equis)
June 9
Spring Creek
June 16
Flat Top Reed
June 23
King N Trio
June 30
Centennial Band
July 7
Urban Island
July 14
Pineapple Crackers
July 21
Stray Grass
July 28
Latin Nights and Suave
Aug. 4
Desert Moon
Aug. 11
Under the Radar



The town of Fruita is hosting the popular Thursday night concerts again this summer, continuing a tradition that brings hundreds of people downtown to Fruita.

“A lot of the local bands are favorites,” said Kelley Griffin, special events coordinator for the city of Fruita. “People want to see them coming back year after year.”

Local favorites featured during the Thursday series include Stray Grass, Flat Top Reed, Centennial Band, XXX (Tres Equis), Pineapple Crackers, King N Trio and Desert Moon. Regional favorite Spring Creek of Lyons is also part of this year’s lineup.

The town is bringing some newcomers to the series this year, with Front Range bands Urban Island and Under the Radar and a night dedicated to New Mexican music, featuring Latin Nights and Suave.

Many of the downtown merchants stay open late, and people are welcome to come early, set up their lawn chairs and enjoy a picnic (or a pizza from the Hot Tomato or Pablo’s) while waiting for the music to start at 7:30 p.m. The event is free for the entire family.

The concerts are held at the Civic Center Pavilion every Thursday night in June and July and the first two Thursdays in August.

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